Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Life Updates

Today I thought I'd do a little life update as I feel I haven't been quite as inspired with blogging lately and haven't been quite as creative and personal. It can be really easy to get stuck in a blogging rut of reviewing places and beauty products because its quite easy to do. I had a big brainstorm today and have tons more creative ideas so I'm excited to share them all with you.

Recently I've been working really hard on taking life less seriously and just letting things go. That's why the first picture I chose for this post is me with a packet of crisps, on some police station steps, when I just decided to go for a walk at midnight. I'm very blessed with my life, it's one I absolutely love and I get to do amazing things, but I'm a massive worrier/anxious person and I always have been. I've been getting better at not overthinking things (even though it means when I do freak out it's a big one- working on it!). I never claim to be perfect- and blogging can give people such a false perception. You have to remember it's the highlight reel of someone's life..not their actual life!

Money has been tighter this month..a few big nights out, the after effects of holiday shopping and THREE parking tickets (I know..) has meant that I'm back to shopping my own wardrobe and stash. That was getting me down- blogging is such a fast paced thing and it can be so tempting to buy everything to keep up with the latest 'fad' or trend. But blogging is really an extension of my own personality, and the reality is I don't wear something amazing and different every day and I do go to work with just a flick of mascara. I'm being more creative and I am going to play with all the things I do have to create some new looks.

Work wise I've had to get realistic. While I can sit and daydream about being a full time blogger the reality is that I just don't have the readership to make money yet. I've started going into the office every day and knuckling down at my full time, bill paying job. While it's not as exciting, it can be rewarding and it always helps to have your options open. Having said that, blogging is going from strength to strength. It makes me so excited to see comments, shares and likes, especially from new people! I also got invited to my first PR event...so I cannot WAIT to go and share it all with you.

I'm trying to also eat healthier recently. Around August last year I was really stressed out and life was crazy, which knocked my appetite completely and I got to my lowest weight ever. I was seriously poorly. Since then, I've gained it all back and more..my new found enjoyment of life has meant I've gained over two stone in less than 6 months. I don't mind it at all, and actually look and feel much healthier...but I think it's time to slow it down and treat my body to good proper food instead of lots of meals out and drinks- so you will start to see more healthy recipes on here. As well as wine.

And finally...what I'm reading, watching, loving and wearing. I've been binge watching Suits on Netflix (which might explain the recent enthusiasm for my job), literally living in dresses because London is so so hot at the moment, and I went to my first night out at Ministry of Sound last weekend. I'm going to an Oktoberfest themed boat party, pizza with the girls and a street art tour of London within the next week. I'm barely reading at the moment..but I do keep picking up and putting down The Woman Who Went to Bed For A Year. It's very funny. Oh, anddddd, I keep planning more travelling. If I can ever afford to keep up with myself. Happy Summer Beautifuls!!

Annabel xxx

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